What is Arsenal’s best starting team?

What is Arsenal’s best starting team?

Things are getting pretty boring, so I thought I’d throw out a question that might get a bit of hearty, non-England-losing-to-Russia related discussion going.

It’s a pretty simple actually, but one that I think will divide opinion amongst a lot of supporters:

When the entire squad is available, what is Arsenal’s best starting team?

Spanish Fry’s preferred Arsenal starting teamWould you have Gilberto Silva or Mathieu Flamini? Would Eduardo da Silva play in a three-pronged attack alongside Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie? Maybe Alexandre Song would even make it into your team ahead of William Gallas.

I’ve included my preferred starting team and, as always, I’m very keen to hear what you think. I can already feel the backlash from the inclusion of Manuel Almunia in my side.

Let me know your best Arsenal starting team by leaving a comment.


42 Responses to “What is Arsenal’s best starting team?”

  1. Dustin
    October 18, 2007 at 5:48 pm #

    I agree with your starting team. Almunia has to be in the starting team at the moment. After Lehmann’s two mistakes and Almunia’s pretty good performances so far, it would be hard for Wenger to suddenly bring Lehman back in. Another problem is that there is hardly ever the time when our entire squad is fit; there are alwasy little niggles which keeps out star players.

  2. Spanish Fry
    October 18, 2007 at 5:59 pm #

    Very true. I think we’ve done well this season largely because our back five has been quite settled. I see no reason to change it now.

  3. ArsenalKenya
    October 18, 2007 at 6:11 pm #

    I fully back your team but although Flamini has been more aggressive upfront Gilberto is my preffered man. let’s wait and see ……

    RVP, Gallas, Senderos and Rosicky will not be featuring in the Bolton game and i prefer we use Eduardo, Gilberto for Gallas/Senderos and Abou Diaby for Rosicky since Bolton will be very physical and defend to throughout the gams ( Read RVP comments on tribalfootball.com )

    Arsenal to win the game by 3 – 0

  4. top gun
    October 18, 2007 at 6:14 pm #


    sagna toure gallas clichy

    rosicky diarra fabregas hleb

    van p ade

    I believe that diarra will take us to another level not reached yet. He is mixed between essienne and makelle. Flamini is good but he went missing in the sunderland game. He does just enough right now and we are winning. But wenger has brought diarra for a reason. Gilberto will go to valencia. Lehman will go also. I believe diarra is more intelligent in his all round play. When we played chelsea we had no joy going through diarra and thats when i knew he is impressive.

  5. CHRIS
    October 18, 2007 at 6:25 pm #

    RVP Ade Eduardo – Cesc Hleb Rosicky – Sagna Gallas Toure Clichy – Lehmann (yeah, that’s right bitches)

  6. Spanish Fry
    October 18, 2007 at 6:35 pm #

    I love it how everyone has their own team, and they’re all a little different to mine 🙂 Lehmann in goals, Chris? We might get started again like a couple of days ago!! The suggestion about Diarra in midfield is interesting, but at this stage I don’t think he’s first choice. If Flamini is not available or the team needs a calming influence then Gilberto is the man.

  7. githunguri
    October 18, 2007 at 7:10 pm #

    thats the best starting line up that we have had so far but game agains man u liverpool i would prefer gilberto rather tha flamini silva is more of a pressure guy lets pray and hope that rvp is not out for that injury not again

  8. Spanish Fry
    October 18, 2007 at 7:20 pm #

    Yeah, there was a photo of the injury on Arseblog and also this photo as well. Things don’t look great.

  9. jos asante
    October 18, 2007 at 7:56 pm #

    Arsenal’s best starting team!!!!!
    Van Persie

  10. CHRIS
    October 18, 2007 at 7:57 pm #

    haha sorry spanish fry. we’re both spanish (well i’m not full) but i’m still not convinced about our boy, almunia.

  11. Spanish Fry
    October 18, 2007 at 8:16 pm #

    Haha, Chris, I’m Australian!! Not a drop of Spanish blood in me. I’m not fully convinced by him either but he deserves to play in front of “Mr Perfect” Lehmann…

  12. Spanish Fry
    October 18, 2007 at 8:17 pm #

    I looked at your team for a moment there, Jos, and thought it was the same as mine. Alas, Lehmann is included. 🙁

  13. ColonelMarquand
    October 18, 2007 at 9:00 pm #

    I think what you have listed is probably the best team but just like the last few seasons the chances of Wenger being able to play his best 11 more than a hand full of times is quite slim. I would swap Eduardo for RVP’s injury and play Gilberto next to Kolo if Senderos is injured and play Diaby in a 3 man midfield with Diarra the holding/link up player, so a 4-1-3-2 formation of:


  14. natsteel
    October 18, 2007 at 9:04 pm #

    Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy
    Hleb Fabregas Flamini Rosicky
    Adebayor RVP

    Subs: Lehmann, Walcott, Eduardo, Eboue, Gilberto

  15. ColonelMarquand
    October 18, 2007 at 9:05 pm #

    I Gallas is fit then I’d play him next to Kolo and swap Diarra for Gilberto in the same formation.

  16. tom
    October 18, 2007 at 9:37 pm #

    almunia – eboue, toure, gallas, clichy – hleb, fabregas, gilberto, flamini, – ade, rvp.

    or to beef up the attack plat a 4 – 3 -3 with

    lehmann (because he scares the opposition), eboue, toure, gallas, clichy – helb, fabregas, flamini – ade, edu (behind), rvp.

    i think eboue got demoted to sanga a bit too easily. eboue was pretty good against sunderland. rosicky should be given the rest of the season to prove his strength and resilience to injury otherwise trade him. there is little point having a player getting paid to soak up the medical staff’s time and warm the bench.


  17. Spanish Fry
    October 18, 2007 at 10:20 pm #

    ColonelMarquand – I think playing a midfield with Diarra, Fabregas, Flamini and Diaby is far too narrow, at least one of the wingers must play.

    tom – I have to say I don’t agree with the comment about Eboue being demoted to easily. He was a weakness last season and Sagna’s excellent start to this season has shown us how much of an improvement he is. Unless he loses a drastic amount of form I think Sagna will play for the rest of the campaign, and deservedly so.

    natsteel – Great lineup 😉

  18. Lofoga Alfred
    October 18, 2007 at 10:56 pm #

    I think the personnel are good but I have problem with the formation, I still insist Helb should play behind the strickers if we have to have handful of goals per match, bse he is sort of a guy who bambuzels and torments defence with his incredible skills.

  19. Jay
    October 18, 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    best line up is:

  20. Jay
    October 18, 2007 at 11:18 pm #


  21. Jay
    October 18, 2007 at 11:20 pm #


  22. Andrew
    October 18, 2007 at 11:26 pm #

    Spanish Fry: On current form, your team is right.

  23. Darragh
    October 19, 2007 at 12:21 am #

    Spanish Fry – I’ll add a bit of variation to this argument – this is the lineup that sees me beat every contender in Fifa08

    Eboue, Toure, Gallas, Clichy
    Fabgregas, Gilberto, Rosicky
    Eduardo, Adebayor, Van Persie

    Adebayor destroys teams in the centre of the attack with his aerial prowess.

  24. jos asante
    October 19, 2007 at 12:51 am #

    Lehmann is ahead of Almunia in terms of goal keeping.Let’s forget about the mistakes,Lehmann is the best keeper to be in the post for Arsenal at the moment.
    Andrew,on current form,Jos team is right.
    Lehmann,Lehmann,Lehmann,Lehmann,Lehmann is the best keeper in the premiership at the moment.

  25. ColonelMarquand
    October 19, 2007 at 2:36 am #

    @ Spanish Fry – we haven’t got any real wingers, all we have is a collection of very similar central midfielders. Also with a 3 man midfield and Diarra or Gilberto as the holding/link man in front of the back 4 allows the clubs only real wingers Sagna and Clichy to get forwards and act like wingers. However if it is a 4 man midfield then I’d put Eboue on the right. Please, no more Diaby as a left winger it’s painful watching such a good player struggle so badly.

  26. casicky
    October 19, 2007 at 3:15 am #

    i think i would go with urs Spainish Fyry but i do believe its a matter of time before Diarra takes over Flamini’s role,but with their varied type of play it will be habdy to have Diarra,Flamster and Denilson(signed a new long term contract) as stand-bys because i feel we have to hold on to Gilberto until end of season and by then Diarra would have shown that Flamster and him will be fightin permanently for a berth alongside CESC.its going to be interesting to see how Ade and Dudu play together, iexpected us to have an injury its a pity it was Van Persie coz he had jus found his touch and role in the team and started firing on both cylinders again.

  27. maxi
    October 19, 2007 at 4:35 am #

    Sagna (Eboue)
    Gilberto Silva
    Flamini (Denilson)
    Rociky (Diaby, Walcott)
    Van Persie

  28. Moreshion
    October 19, 2007 at 4:37 am #

    Arsenal best starting eleven: Almunia, Clichy, Toure, Gallas, Sagna:: Hleb, Gilberto, Fab, Rosicky:: RVP, Eduardo

  29. Jay
    October 19, 2007 at 7:03 am #

    Carlos Vela scored for Mexico 2day, they still lost 3-2 but its good for Arsenal!

  30. Le gunner.
    October 19, 2007 at 7:56 am #

    I’m really gutted about RVP’s injury. Not Happy at all at the moment.That’s international duty for you.Does anyone here really cares about Who wins the euro2008.
    By the way SF you nailed that selection. Spot on .One thing about the goalkeeper I don’t like neither of them (both rubish)so I don’t really care who is in goal.

  31. Spanish Fry
    October 19, 2007 at 8:27 am #

    I think International football is great when it’s about qualifying for major tournaments or actually competing in the tournaments, it’s the friendlies that causes the problems. And although I’m Australian I do care about who wins Euro 2008, seeing as though I’ve been a supporter of Holland since I started watching football. Either way, van Persie’s injury is annoying.

  32. Spanish Fry
    October 19, 2007 at 8:28 am #

    The talk about Diarra taking over from Flamini is very interesting. A lot of you seem to think he will take Arsenal to the next level and provide something that Flamini can’t. Although it’s a possibility, I don’t believe there’s any guarantee that this will be the case. I think we all need to see a little more of Diarra play at the top level before a judgment about his long-term future at Arsenal can be made.

  33. tom
    October 19, 2007 at 9:09 am #

    what about a dynamic formation? – 1. 4-4-2 in defence and: 2. 3-4-3 in attack

    1. lehmann – sanga, toure, gallas, clichy – walcott, fabregas, flamini, hleb, – ade/rvp.

    2. lehmann – sanga, gallas, clichy, – walcott, fabregas, toure, flamini – helb (behind strikers) rvp/ade.

  34. Spanish Fry
    October 19, 2007 at 10:26 am #

    I like the idea of Hleb in behind the strikers but at the end of the day I think we have enough firepower for him to stay on the right. He and Rosicky take turns to get in behind the strikers anyway so in many ways your formation is similar to what already happens. No Lehmann’s, though!!

  35. Andrew
    October 19, 2007 at 10:39 am #

    Bendtner must feel a little better about things I have to say. Now is his chance to impose himself on the team. Though Eduardo and Adebayor will complement each other very well and become an excellent duo for dealing with scrappier teams, Bendtner is a total bludgeon. He scares the crap out of defenders and he just might make his mark against Bolton on Saturday.

    All this talk about formations rather goes out the window when we’re talking about Arsenal. At times it’s a 4-4-2, others a 2-4-4, really kinda’ like the 2003/04 team. Roma played some of the best football in Europe last season, and they pretty much played with no strikers. Chelsea can play 4 strikers and they’re still horrible and defensive.

    Spanish Fry: I think a lot of the Diarra talk is based on his potential. He and Diaby have been touted as the next great France midfield, at least that’s what some guy from ESPN Soccertw*t said. I think they are both more naturally talented than Flamini, but Flamini brings real steel and toughness to the team. He reminds me a lot of Ray Parlour in that when he’s present, the team just has a different look.

    Though Wenger isn’t jam-packing as much raw ability onto the pitch as possible, the mix is perfect.

    On a side note, Drogba is leaving soon. Senderos is somewhere rubbing peanut butter all over his bald head.

    Or something like that.

  36. tom
    October 19, 2007 at 10:45 am #

    rvp is injured

    “Robin van Persie

    Robin van Persie has suffered a knee injury while away with Holland. Early indications show the striker faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. “It is a big blow. Robin is a striker, a supportive striker and important on set-pieces as well,” said Arsène Wenger. “I hope he will be back soon and we’ll do the maximum to get him back.” “

  37. Ryan
    October 19, 2007 at 10:16 pm #

    You wrote Toure and Gallas the wrong way round on your tem sheet. Don’t get me wrong it’s no big deal but they always do that in Pro Evo and it’s annoying.

    Generall I’d say exactly what our current team is with the arrival of Rosicky and Gallas (possibly)

  38. Ryan
    October 19, 2007 at 10:21 pm #

    I completely agree with Andrew. You hit the nail on the head with everything you said there.

  39. Leroux
    October 20, 2007 at 3:55 am #


  40. Leroux
    October 20, 2007 at 3:56 am #

    oh and sorry left out rosicky

  41. angel_CHN
    October 21, 2007 at 4:04 pm #

    well,i quite agree with you .but,what’s ur dreamest 11 ??

  42. Anonymous
    March 28, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    Arshavin – Fabregas – Nasi
    Van Persi

    Arsenal Best Team At The Moment, With The Bench Being:

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